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Australia Blind shopper says people steal toilet paper from her trolley

08:10  16 march  2020
08:10  16 march  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

Women charged after toilet paper fight

  Women charged after toilet paper fight Two women will face court after a fight over toilet paper in a Sydney supermarket caused by panic buying of basic goods.A video of the incident went viral on social media and showed a group of women pushing, yelling and fighting over a jumbo packet of toilet paper amid panic buying caused by the coronavirus.

A 56-year-old shopper was mugged for his toilet paper just moments after leaving a store in London as panic about the coronavirus epidemic lead to wide-spread stockpiling. 'Someone came up from behind and stole one packet in broad daylight.

The toilet paper problem is not unique to Australia - a similar situation besieged places worse-affected by the virus, such as Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. Last month, armed robbers stole pallets in Hong Kong following panic-buying induced shortages there. There are reports of toilet paper buy-ups

A blind woman said she's had toilet paper stolen from her trolley by panicked supermarket shoppers, as Woolworths introduced special shopping hours for the vulnerable amid the coronavirus crisis.

Casey Hyde, from Melbourne, who is legally blind and has a guide dog, said she's faced shocking behaviour.

Casey Hyde smiling for the camera: Casey Hyde, from Melbourne, said she's had toilet paper stolen from her trolley by panicked supermarket shoppers, © Nine Casey Hyde, from Melbourne, said she's had toilet paper stolen from her trolley by panicked supermarket shoppers,

"Because we cannot see, people are stealing from us," she told 9News.

"Please consider other people who are disadvantaged because we can't get food because we don't have cars."

From tomorrow until at least Friday most Woolworths stores will allocate the 7am to 8am hour to the vulnerable who have government concession cards. All other shoppers will be granted access after 8am.

Melbourne police station offers free toilet paper with secret codeword

  Melbourne police station offers free toilet paper with secret codeword A Melbourne police station has offered free toilet paper to those who may be missing out – with one condition. Warrandyte Police Station, in the city's north east, has retained a small supply of toilet paper from a local IGA for people with restricted mobility or disabilities who may be caught short.Searching for toilet paper has become difficult in some areas over the past week, as people get into a frenzy with panic buying goods amid the coronavirus outbreak."There are people in this community that are not mobile enough to go from store to store to find toilet paper," Warrandyte Police said in post on Facebook.

'For everyone saying that's not toilet paper , that's paper towels. I know it is. But it still does the job, beggars can't be choosers. Anxious shoppers in Australia and abroad have been stripping shelves bare of essentials, amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.

People were seen lined up with trolleys before opening time on Saturday at an Aldi in Kellyville, western Sydney, and soon started collecting masses of The 'un-Australian' tactic sneaky shoppers are using to hoard toilet paper at Aldi without being caught - as nation is gripped by coronavirus panic.

Woolworths boss Clare Peters, said despite the retailer's attempts to quickly restock shelves, many elderly and vulnerable customers had continued to miss out.

"This temporary measure will give them, and those with a disability, the opportunity to shop before our stores officially open - helping them obtain the essential items they need most in a less crowded environment," she said.

They're getting more trucks on the road, working with suppliers, she said, and are asking Australians to remember the community spirit seen during this year's bushfires.

a person standing next to a suitcase: Casey Hyde, from Melbourne, who is legally blind and has a guide dog, said she's faced shocking behaviour. © Nine Casey Hyde, from Melbourne, who is legally blind and has a guide dog, said she's faced shocking behaviour.

Woolworths said it will also arrange "care packages" for those who can't get to the shops.

Coles takes out full page newspaper ads over toilet roll buying

  Coles takes out full page newspaper ads over toilet roll buying Coles has taken out full-page newspaper advertisements announcing a limit on toilet paper, following panic-buying that has triggered ugly disputes between shoppers. Supermarkets have begun imposing limits on the sale of loo roll after having their shelves stripped by hysterical shoppers.After it restricted every customer to four packs last week, Coles has used the ad to publicise its further limit to one pack per customer per store.

They are using rolls of toilet paper in replacement of a meat tray as a raffle prize. Huge lines were seen at supermarkets all over the nation on Sunday as people stocked up amid worsening Dozens of shoppers at a Melbourne supermarket even pushed and shoved each other to get at a few remaining

New toilet paper twist: Now Woolworths won't let customers order loo roll to pick up - after limiting shoppers to one pack each. Woolworths have announced toilet paper is no longer able to be ordered online. CEO Brad Banducci said due to demand from panic buying, supplies were low.

"Now - more than ever - we need to be kind to each other," Ms Peters said.

So far other major stores Coles and Aldi have not made similar plans, but IGA is also considering it.

The idea is being trialled at an IGA in Melbourne's Altona with a shopping hour between 6am to 7am.

Home delivery is still available for "the majority of products" in the rest of Australia, but there will be delays and changes to the usual two-hour delivery windows, the retailer warned.

Click and Collect services are off for the time being.

a man standing in front of a store: A customer fills his cart with packs of toilet paper at a shopping centre in Sydney, © AAP Image/Paul Braven A customer fills his cart with packs of toilet paper at a shopping centre in Sydney,

Ms Peters said the supermarket sold seven weeks' worth of toilet paper in just one day last week.

She also added it is now working on getting more onto shelves.

"The demand is just so much significantly higher than supply," she said.

"There's great support from all of our supplies. They've also changing lines to a different pack size so more customers can get their hands on a pack."

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Australians have eaten THREE Christmases worth of food in just weeks as supermarkets urge people to stop panic-buying amid the coronavirus pandemic .
Australians are being urged to stop stockpiling groceries as Coles admits sales over the past three weeks have been equivalent to three Christmases.  As shopper's stripped shelves bare of toilet paper, tissues, pasta, meat and tinned food, the supermarkets have called for calm as they restock shelves.  'We've done three Christmases in three consecutive weeks from a standing start,' Coles Chief Operations Officer, Matthew Swindells explained on Sunrise. 'Ordinarily we'd take six months to plan one Christmas. It's not a problem of supply, it's a problem of demand.

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